Aaron Rodgers‘ future with the Green Bay Packers is up in the air. Similar to the offseason, no one really knows what’s going on in his head right now. The Packers are currently 5-1, though, so things are trending in the right direction. Former NFL quarterback Carson Palmer weighed in on how Green Bay can hold onto the superstar quarterback.
The Green Bay Packers are lucky to have Aaron Rodgers
Aaron Rodgers means a great deal to the Green Bay Packers organization. The team drafted him in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft. Since arriving in Green Bay, Rodgers has made the Packers look like geniuses.
An astounding 22 teams passed up an opportunity to draft the University of California standout. He’s been making them pay ever since.
Rodgers has played his entire 17-year career in Green Bay. He took over as the full-time starting quarterback in 2008 after the franchise moved on from Brett Favre.
The Packers have enjoyed nine winning seasons with No. 12 under center. Rodgers has earned nine Pro Bowl selections and led Green Bay to a Super Bowl victory in 2010.
The Chico, California native has thrown for 52,681 yards and 424 touchdowns in Green Bay. He’s also won nearly 67% of his games as a starter.
In a league where elite quarterbacks are at a premium, the Packers would be lost without Aaron Rodgers.
Carson Palmer knows how to keep Rodgers in Green Bay
Rumors have been swirling the past couple of years surrounding Aaron Rodgers’ public dissension with the Green Bay Packers.
Rodgers and the front office have been at odds for several reasons. The star quarterback disagreed with how the organization treated some of his favorite teammates over the years, including Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson, and Jake Kumerow.
The Packers’ front office previously failed to add the necessary talent around Rodgers on offense, even after he pleaded with them. It’s not difficult to imagine why the 37-year-old would want to leave.
Former Cincinnati Bengals signal-caller Carson Palmer gave his thoughts on the situation via The Rich Eisen Show. He believes there’s one way the Packers retain Rodgers beyond 2021.
“If they win the Super Bowl, there’s no way he can leave,” said Palmer. “He can’t say the organization’s not willing to do what it takes to get it done. It depends on what other spot is open and what other team is ready to take that on.”
Palmer added if the team doesn’t win it all, Rodgers may go elsewhere. “I could easily see him departing,” he said.
Rodgers may disagree with Palmer’s assessment of the front office’s performance, but a Super Bowl could heal all wounds.
Can the Packers win the Super Bowl in 2021?
The Green Bay Packers have reeled off five straight wins since getting embarrassed by the New Orleans Saints in the season opener.
Despite the hot streak, it’s too early to dub Green Bay as a legitimate Super Bowl contender. They have yet to beat a team with a winning record. Of course, a team can only beat the teams put in front of them, but that’s something to watch.
With Aaron Rodgers running the show, the Packers will always have a chance to get it done. His chemistry with Davante Adams and Aaron Jones is evident. Both players are explosive weapons, but they have some questions on the offensive line.
The defense has been solid so far in 2021. However, injuries to key defensive players like Jaire Alexander and Za’Darius Smith could derail their Super Bowl chances if they cannot return to form down the stretch.
The NFC will be tough to escape, with the Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers standing in their way. The Packers should be in the mix barring injury, but the odds probably favor the field.
If Carson Palmer is right, Green Bay would be wise to do whatever it takes to keep Aaron Rodgers.
All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference